Fright Night at ARTSLab

Frolicky frightful fun at Clerkenwell ARTSlab’s October event with a scarily good line-up of musicians, poets and storytellers.

Bob Karper – will keep you up all night with his musical talespinning.
Chris Dowding – Horntasia with audience partaking
Kieron Hunter – off the desk and into the limelight.
Cath Drake – poet of your inner outback.
Lesley Scott – fresh poet on the Slab.
Diego Brown and the Good Fairy – putting the pump back in pumpkin.

It’s hardly any money and no bother at all. Get there early for the best seats in the house. Eat cake and chips (in any order you like).

The Betsey Trotwood 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL London, United Kingdom

830-1130pm   It’s £7/5 ish I think!  More info 

Pop up poetry

To celebrate National Poetry Day this week I’ll be popping up into St Thomas’ Hospital on Sept 25 and Guy’s Hospital on  Sept 27 to read poems at lunchtime  to passers by as part of Breathing Spaces for Breathe Arts.



Urthona mag launch

I’m reading at the Urthona, the Buddhist Arts magazine launch!

It’s a great magazine with art, poetry, reviews, and comment pieces – really worth a read. This issue includes a feature by Maitreyabandhu on poetry mentoring with his mentor the amazing Mimi Khalvati.

Introduced by Urthona poetry editor, Dharmavadana, there will be readings from four poets featured in issue 33 – Caroline Maldonado, Cath Drake, Ian Marriott and Subhadassi.  Also Satyadaka will read his brilliant new Rilke translations, editor Ratnagarbha will read translations from Dante, plus there will be music from the Bright Moments Duo: Jonathan Cohen (Piano) and Francois Moreau (Double Bass) . The duo play jazz and Latin standards and originals: music for head, heart and feet. And there will be some surprises! You can buy copies of the new Urthona magazine on the night. There will also be meditation in the main shrine room from 6 pm, introduced and guided for those who are new to it and would like a taster.

Sat 1 July 7-9pm ,  West London Buddhist Centre, 45A Porchester Road W2 5DP , entry by donation.


Poets Support Refugee Action


I’m helping out at this fab event – please support!

With Nia Davies, Kayo Chingonyi, Clare Pollard, Siddhartha Bose, Claire Trevien and Ruth Padel. Hosted by Somewhere in Particular with Holly Hopkins.
What does it mean now to be British, European, or a Londoner?
How can contemporary poetry in the UK contribute to new and vital conversations about identity and belonging? Six poets perform and discuss their work in the wake of a referendum that exposed bitter divisions in the UK – in terms of race, class, education, generations, and ideas about nationhood and globalisation.

Tickets are £8 (£5 concessions). All proceeds go to Refugee Action:

Poetry surgeries and rev up workshop


Hello Perth writers, here’s a few things happening very soon! Get in touch if you are interested.

Reading and writing rev-up  

An informal workshop of reading and discussing contemporary poets – inventive writers, those who play with the edge of prose, who find meaning via the side door: American and UK poets, and poets in translation. If there’s time and inclination afterwards we’ll do a quick writing exercise at the end or over lunch. Fremantle Arts Centre cafe, Friday 17th March 10am-12, $15. Contact Julie Watts from OOTA writer’s group (or me) to book a place and pay on the day. We need numbers for table booking and handout numbers.

Poetry surgeries: I’m also booking a small number of one-to-one poetry feedback sessions between 14-24 March. Message me to book. Limited number, $50 for an hour session – send 3-5 poems.

Dalston jazz and words

Words & Jazz at Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston shakes up winter with blistering poetry and glowing jazz! Come along next week for this ‘outstanding monthly summit between contemporary poets and musicians’ (The Independent). Have a drink in the cosy bar and enjoy the finest literary and musical talents London has to offer!

Poets this month:
Joey Connolly
David Crystal
Cath Drake
Jack Houston
Alex Merritt (saxophone) + band
Hosted by Nicki Heinen

Vortex, 11 Gillett Square, N16 8 London, 8.30-11pm

£8 entry on the door or contact the Vortex for advance tickets. All proceeds go to the artists. It’s too good to miss!

A jolly sack of stories, poems, comedy music

What a cracker of a line-up for the last Clerkenwell ARTSlab of 2016 (we’ll be back in February). And it’s FREE to get in. Song-stories, song-singing, poem-outlouding and cake from:

Bob Karper – god’s gift to storytelling
Zwah – guided by a star
Three Little Birds – a cappella gold
Ukulele Dolly – three wise strummers
Brendan Riley – comedy myrrh
Cath Drake – upside down poetess
Diego Brown and the Good Fairy – steady on.

Top of the pre-christmas tree – artist and accordionist BOB KARPER (that’s him pictured above) tells a true story about why in 1977 his family left their local Midwest American Presbyterian community church. Includes mentions of trombones, astronauts, Pepperidge Farm™ turkey roasts and sex.

Taking a break from A-level studies and fresh from their triumphant Islington Folk Club appearance THREE LITTLE BIRDS bring you pure voice-magic.

UKULELE DOLLY are Jane Ireland, Keith Moore and Carole Bates and they will be like that thing when unwrapping a christmas present that you can’t wait to try on.

More about the other magi and shepherds soon…

And yes, you heard it right. FREE to get in. Pay what you think it’s worth – on the way in, on the way out, at half time, whatever (so bring a wheelbarrow full of sterling.)

28 Nov 2017, 8.30-11pm, Betsty Trotswood, 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3 London, United Kingdom